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This morning the Sunday School lesson was over 1 Timothy 3.  It covered the section on preachers and deacons.  I was caught off guard by the word blameless.  How can any person be blameless?  We all make mistakes.

Here’s some of my research:

It comes from the Greek word, “ANEPILEPTOS,” which literally means “cannot be laid hold of” (Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon).   []  This website sums that up to mean that preachers and deacons have good reputations.

The Barnes’ notes on the Bible ( says that this word means the man “should be a man against whom no charge of immorality, or of holding false doctrine, is alleged.”  So maybe that means that the man should simply be right with God.

Some other commentaries say that this phrase says the the men were justified in God’s sight.  That lines up with the idea that the man is right with God.

According to the Strong’s Concordance, this Greek word means “properly, not apprehended (found wrong) when censured or attacked, i.e. without blame in light of the whole picture.”  I like the “whole picture” part.  It sounds like that is not saying that the person must never have made a mistake but that in God’s eyes (which can see the entire picture) the mistakes are cleansed. []

I’m still going to do some thinking on this phrase and others that are in this passage.  It was a lesson that requires some chewing.  Maybe someone else can help clear things up?

Thoughts on this phrase?


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